In Defense of Citizens United

Hubbard, Glenn; Kane, Tim
July 2013
Foreign Affairs;Jul/Aug2013, Vol. 92 Issue 4, p126
The article looks at politics and government in the U.S. as of 2013, focusing on campaign finance. The authors present a case for the view that restrictions on political campaign fundraising, beginning with the 1971 U.S. Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), are responsible for the polarization between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress, the decline of bipartisanship, and the resulting political stalemates in areas including U.S. fiscal policy. They say campaign finance laws have created an artificial monopoly, benefiting the Democratic and Republican parties but preventing the emergence of less-partisan ideas and candidates. They discuss the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case.


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